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The Institute (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Mystery | 11 October 2013 (USA)
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A documentary on the Jejune Institute, a mind-bending San Francisco phenomenon where 10,000 people became "inducted" without ever quite realizing what they'd signed up for.

Director:

Spencer McCall

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Credited cast:
Arye Bender Arye Bender ... Octavio Coleman Esq
Boston Blake Boston Blake ... Dr. Eldridge Spearmint
Jeff Hull Jeff Hull ... Creator
Chelsea London Lloyd ... Beth Foley
Gordon Mclachlan Gordon Mclachlan ... Drybones
Tracy Pfau ... Jejune Operator
Daniel Shoup Daniel Shoup ... Kelvin Williams
Carolee Gilligan Wheeler Carolee Gilligan Wheeler ... Ex-Inductee
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Feature-length documentary that examines a San Francisco-based Alternate Reality Game, where thousands of participants got more than they bargained for. Told from the players' perspectives, the film looks over the precipice at an emergent new art form where the real world and fiction narratives merge to create unforeseen and often unsettling consequences. Written by Spencer McCall

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Is it a cult? Is it a game? Or is it a life-changing adventure?


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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Институт See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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What is real?
1 November 2013 | by be_a_klugmanSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Mill Valley Film Festival last year and have thought about it a lot since then. From the start, the film has incredibly compelling visuals and soundtrack, but the interviews with members (?) seem pretty straight forward. As the movie continues though, it seems as though things start twisting and the information may or may not be "real." Are these people acting? Is this even what happened? It might all be fake, or it might all be real, or a beautiful mixture of fact and fiction. Regardless, it looks like it was a lot of fun to participate, and I love the idea of having things like this going on around you without your knowledge. I recommend watching the movie (I think you can get it on iTunes) and seeing if you can tell what is real -- if anything.


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